posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 05:06 PM
Interesting stuff. Of course this group is going to run head-first into the Bush agenda. They are not, I predict, going to have an easy time of
There's a lot the government could do to stem illegal immigration short of building a wall, that it's not doing. Winks and nods, sporadic
enforcement at best, and a whole lot of confusion as to who should be supporting what consistent with their political philosophies. The blindest
people IMO being liberals who support the "rights" of illegals, while failing to see the larger picture and how tolerance of illegal immigrants
furthers conservative, not liberal causes, and how all of this is part and parcel of a system that keeps Hispanic peoples in Latin America in grinding
poverty for the sake of the profits of a very few, both there and here.
Who benefits from tolerating illegal immigrants? Follow the money. Businesses that employ these people under the table dirt-cheap, that's who.
Sure, if they get caught they may pay a bit of a fine now and then. So what? The cost is trivial compared to the savings in wages, and that's just
the immediate benefit. The fact that the lowest tier of jobs in our economy is so dramatically underpaid ripples through all of the other jobs
available. If those jobs had to be filled by U.S. citizens or legal residents, and paid minimum wage or better, the available labor pool for other
jobs would shrink, driving wages up across the board.
This is very similar to the "free trade" pacts we have with Latin American nations that encourage U.S. manufacturers to build plants there -- where
corrupt governments deny workers basic rights and keep wages ridiculously low -- instead of here. That balloons the labor pool available for all
other work in the U.S., such as service work that can't easily be exported because it requires people fluent in English and familiar with American
culture, and so depresses those wages as well.
Keeping the labor pool as large and as oppressed as possible is the name of the game here. And the powers behind it are the very ones that own the
Bush administration lock, stock and barrel. So whatever rhetoric Bush may spout about curbing illegal immigration, we can count on his administration
to DO precisely nothing.
The Minutemen have a legitimate grievance here, for sure. But get action from the president? Don't hold your breath, folks!